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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX 06:11 UTC SUN JAN 18 1998 XXXXX
NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE HOUSE INTERN
BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX
RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**
At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed
a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A
White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the
The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the
story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours
before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of
her life, the President of the United States, since she was a 21-year-old
intern at the White House. She was a frequent visitor to a small study just
off the Oval Office where she claims to have indulged the president's sexual
preference. Reports of the relationship spread in White House quarters and
she was moved to a job at the Pentagon, where she worked until last week.
The young intern wrote long love letters to President Clinton, which she
delivered through a delivery service. She was a frequent visitor at the
White House after midnight, where she checked in the WAVE logs as visiting a
secretary named Betty Curry, 57.
The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that tapes of intimate phone conversations exist.
The relationship between the president and the young woman become strained
when the president believed that the young woman was bragging to others
about the affair.
NEWSWEEK and Isikoff were planning to name the woman. Word of the story's
impeding release caused blind chaos in media circles; TIME magazine spent
Saturday scrambling for its own version of the story, the DRUDGE REPORT has
learned. The NEW YORK POST on Sunday was set to front the young intern's
affair, but was forced to fall back on the dated ABC NEWS Kathleen Willey break.
The story was set to break just hours after President Clinton testified in
the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
Ironically, several years ago, it was Isikoff that found himself in a
shouting match with editors who were refusing to publish even a portion of
his meticulously researched investigative report that was to break Paula
Jones. Isikoff worked for the WASHINGTON POST at the time, and left shortly
after the incident to build them for the paper's sister magazine, NEWSWEEK.
Michael Isikoff was not available for comment late Saturday. NEWSWEEK was
on voice mail.
The White House was busy checking the DRUDGE REPORT for details.
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